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Peter Vidmar

Highest Scoring American Gymnast in Olympic History; Two-Time Hall of Fame Inductee; Renowned Performance and Motivation Expert

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$10,000 - $15,000


Peter Vidmar is the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history. The winner of numerous national and international titles, Peter finished his successful career at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Today, he is a powerful and entertaining speaker with over two decades of experience helping people realize and fulfill their own potential. In his inspiring, humorous, and entertaining presentations, he does more than just speak about his experiences; he also performs portions of his Olympic routine on the pommel horse to drive home his message. He demonstrates the three components of a perfect score in gymnastics - Risk, Originality and Virtuosity (ROV) - and discusses how these principles apply to success in business and life.

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Today’s meeting planner is looking for a novel approach to providing inspiration and life lessons to their meetings and conferences…and America’s Olympic champions are the perfect heroes to help them accomplish this task! Peter Vidmar joins forces with other Olympians to produce a highly interactive “mock-Olympics,” guaranteed to add FUN and ENTHUSIASM to your agenda.

By facilitating a collection of competitive activities that do not require athletic skill, but do involve a steady hand, quick reactions, rational thought, group dynamics, following directions and innovative thinking, participants learn attributes about teamwork, tenacity, lateral thinking, problem-solving skills, performance under pressure, risk-taking and resource allocation as well as how to demonstrate the Olympic spirit of fair play, sportsmanship, and tenacity to overcome adversity.

Local Olympic athletes help Peter coach your team to building a higher level of trust and understanding, increasing productivity at the office, and developing new ways of thinking. Workshops can last anywhere from 2-8 hours and include all necessary Olympic “equipment” (flags, music, attire and even a genuine Olympic torch), as well as provide the option of Olympic-themed prizes or awards for winning teams.

Each program is specifically customized to the needs of the group and attendees will:

  • Work alongside various Olympians, “up close and personal”

  • Participate in fun challenging exercises with a purpose

  • Be inspired by Olympic music, themes and a medal ceremony for the winners

One of the reasons gymnastics is the most watched event of the Olympic Games is that the viewer can always expect something new and different from the athletes. Gymnasts are masters at pushing the envelope, as they constantly try to reinvent their athletic art form. Innovation also requires some risk, and Peter discusses and shows how the judging category of ROV: Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity, has become a mandate for constant change in his sport. In describing how we need to stop playing catch up with the competition, Peter says, “A perfect 10 just a few years ago may only score an 8.5 today. If I don’t innovate, I’ll be left behind very quickly!”

Gymnastics is a team sport where the outcome is based entirely on a collection of individual performances. Peter notes, “At the Olympic Games, while I am competing with my teammates, I am simultaneously competing against them for the individual medals. So how do we work together on a daily basis for the benefit of the team?” Using his ROV principles, Peter describes the tools his team needed to apply, every day, to reach the top of the Olympic Podium, as a team and as individuals.

In his powerful keynote presentation, Peter converts Olympic Gold into corporate wisdom. With a live demonstration on the pommel horse, artfully blended into his speech, Peter uses the ROV principles to vividly describe requirements for a perfect 10 in business and in life. Audiences gain fresh perspectives on reaching higher levels of performance, using their creativity to separate them from the competition, and perfecting their needed skills on a daily basis. As Peter says, “If you want to be at your best when it really matters, you’ve got to be at your best every time.” Humor, relevance, high energy, drama and standing ovations are all characteristic of this presentation.